As with most outdoor products, many trampolines will spend all year outside experiencing the full force of our harsh climate. This blog will highlight some of the key aspects to be aware of when choosing the right trampoline for your local conditions.
Whether it’s your shiny new car or children’s bicycle, rust spares nothing. It is a slow killer and will quietly eat away at most metals until there is literally nothing left. Clearly with a trampoline that remains outside 365 days a year it is critical you take into account the rust proofing of the unit before you make a purchase.
Most trampolines will come standard with some claim of being “rustproof”. However, unless they can outline exactly what they do and how, there is no industry standard that something will hold up to the salty-killer. The Springfree trampoline frame is constructed using heavy-duty, triple-coated galvanised steel. This keeps a multi-layer barrier between the salt and any raw metal that may be at risk. The metal springs used in traditional trampolines are usually the first to show signs of rust as the metal grinds on each other and wares off any protective coatings that may have been applied. At Springfree we don’t use springs (hence the name) instead we use fibreglass rods Which not only are a safer option, but they last longer and have protective rod sleeves which can be replaced if they start to wear and tear. These rods cannot rust and will stay weatherproof even through the harshest of climates.
The other relentless factor that will affect the life of your trampoline is UV damage. This is potentially very dangerous as a weakened surface mat or safety net could result in significant injury to a jumper. Failing that, at very least, you will be up for the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged part.
At Springfree, safety is our number one priority. That is why we only use UV protected mat rods and net rods. We also ensure we only use UV-resistant polypropylene mats and safety enclosures (FlexiNet) which have a UV coating tested to 5000 hours .
The nature of owning a trampoline means you have a responsibility to ensure it is safely secured or stored during inclement weather. Most trampolines will have some method available for anchoring them to the ground in high-wind conditions. As these anchors vary depending on the brand, you need to ensure each one is sufficient and secure. At Springfree we offer a Ground Anchor system that is simple to install and you can add as many anchors as you need to ensure it is safe for your conditions.
While not always necessary, sometimes you may need to collapse your trampoline in order to ensure safety for your family and neighbours. In this case, you want a trampoline that you can disassemble quickly and efficiently. Once again most trampolines are different and you want to make sure you are aware of the process before it’s too late. At Springfree we have designed the FlexiNet to be easily collapsible and if need be the frame can be dismantled and stored away securely.
Depending on where you live, you may find your trampoline goes into hibernation over the colder months. The Springfree™ Trampoline design was specifically built for all climates and after 10 years in the market in the colder climates such as Canada and parts of the USA. People have found that the trampoline withstands heavy layers of snow and cold weather. If you live in areas that experience snow and excessively cold temperatures and would like to cover the trampoline a simple layer of Tarp over the trampoline once you take the mat down ads a protective layer from the elements.
If you would like more tips on caring for your trampoline, visit the Springfree website today!